Letter from the President

Dear WIIT Members and friends of WIIT,

I am delighted to serve as your President for the 2016-2017 term, during which WIIT will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017.  It is truly a pivotal period of time in international trade with the merits of trade being hotly debated throughout the world.  With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most significant trade agreements ever, awaiting Congressional approval and the Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations in progress, the need for reliable and trustworthy information is great.  I firmly believe that WIIT and the WIIT Trust can positively contribute to an intelligent discussion through our numerous Trade Talks and signature events.  Please check out what we have to offer but also feel free to get involved in our Program Sections, which are the incubators for these Trade Talks.  There are so many ways to get involved in WIIT and many leadership opportunities.

We just had our first Board meeting and approved our 2016-2017 budget.  The good news is that we are a strong organization in good fiscal health.  We have a tremendous amount talent within our ranks.  All this will enable us to undertake an even more ambitious agenda to promote women and to promote trade at this critical time.  We added two more Program Sections: “Anti-Corruption & Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Trade Remedies.”  We also expanded our “Customs” Program Section to a “Customs, Logistics & Transportation” Program Section.  This will expand the breadth of coverage of programs offered by WIIT, thereby bringing in even more international trade professionals with different perspectives into the mix for education and networking.

Last year, we worked in partnership with various groups, including the D.C. Women’s Bar Association, the District Export Council and George Washington University’s Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER), to name a few.  I hope to do more of this as I believe that we can all be more productive in reaching those with a need to know about the importance as well as the challenges and opportunities involved with international commerce.   I also hope to work more closely with the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), the umbrella organization of which WIIT is the DC Chapter.  Let’s make the most of our global network.

In conclusion, I want to emphasize that WIIT is an inclusive organization and we welcome all, regardless of gender, who support our mission of promoting women and promoting trade.  I know that the year will go by fast as it will be an exciting and busy year for WIIT.  Let’s make a great one.

Kind regards,

Evelyn Suarez | President, Women in International Trade